FILMS - BY DATE - THURSDAY, JANUARY 27TH, 2005

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8:30AM
Feature
Library Center Theatre
FORTY SHADES OF BLUE*
Director: Ira Sachs
Screenwriters: Michael Rohatyn, Ira Sachs
Cast: Rip Torn, Dina Korzun, Darren Burrows, Paprika Steen, Red West, Jenny O'Hara

(USA, 2004, 107 min., color, 35mm) A Russian woman lives a comfortable but stifling existence opposite her aging yet legendary music producer husband. When his estranged son unexpectedly returns, she is suddenly confronted by the tenuous nature of her marriage. Directed by Ira Sachs (THE DELTA).

10:00AM
Feature
Holiday Village Cinema IV
RING OF FIRE: THE EMILE GRIFFITH STORY
Directors: Dan Klores, Ron Berger
(USA, 2004, 87 min., color & b/w, Sony HD Cam) Exploration of the controversial incident of six-time world welterweight boxing champ and closeted homosexual Emile Griffith, who beat Benny “Kid” Paret to death in a 1962 match after Paret called him “maricon” (the Spanish word for “faggot”).

11:30AM
Feature
Library Center Theatre
LACKWANNA BLUES*
Director: George C. Wolfe
Screenwriter: Ruben Santiago-Hudson, based on his play
Cast: S. Epatha Merkerson, Marcus Carl Franklin, Terrence Howard, Macy Gray, Camen Ejogo, Jeffrey Wright, Jimmy Smits

(USA, 2004, 94 min., color, 35mm) In George Wolfe’s screen adaptation of the Obie Award-winning play, an orphan boy raised in an eccentric boardinghouse finds his own life is changed by the life stories of the lost, but ultimately endearing, souls who are his neighbors.

12 noon
Feature
Treasure Mountain Inn, Main Screening Room
ON THE OUTS
Directors: Lori Silverbush, Michael Skolnik
Screenwriter: Lori Silverbush
Cast: Anny Mariano, Judy Marte, Paola Mendoza

(USA, 2004, 86 min., color, Sony HD Cam) Based on true stories of inner-city girls, ON THE OUTS follows the ups and downs of three Jersey City teenage girls, including Oz (the riveting Judy Marte from RAISING VICTOR VARGAS), a drug dealer and lesbian struggling to keep her family together.

12 Noon
Short
Egyptian Theatre
PURA LENGUA (ALL TONGUE) (in Shorts Program V)
Director: Aurora Guerrero
(USA, 2004, 11 min., color, Sony HD Cam) After suffering heartbreak, a young lesbian Chicana poet begins to heal through her art.

12:30PM
Short
The 608 Gallery
MULBERRY COMMONS (in Slamdance Shorts Block 1)
Directors: Michael Lucid, Amanda Quinn
(USA, 2004, 4 min., color, MiniDV) The gender-bending co-eds of the boarding school Mulberry Commons are atwitter when a special guest--a gay man!--comes to speak at their school assembly.

2:30PM
Feature
Holiday Village Cinema II
STRANGERS WITH CANDY
Director: Paul Dinello
Screenwriters: Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, Amy Sedaris
Cast: Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, Gregory Holliman, Sara Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Allison Janney, Philip Seymour Hoffman

(USA, 2004, 97 min., color, 35mm) In the feature length version of the cult television show, 46-year-old former junkie Jerri Blank (Amy Sedaris) is back, emerging from prison looking for a new start in high school, only to find it’s not much different from the slammer.

2:30PM
Feature
Racquet Club Theatre
THE DYING GAUL
Director/Screenwriter: Craig Lucas, based on his play
Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Peter Sarsgaard, Campbell Scott

(USA, 2004, 105 min., color, 35mm) A struggling screenwriter (Peter Sarsgaard) makes a Faustian bargain with a ruthless Hollywood producer when he agrees to change the main character in his screenplay from a gay man with AIDS to a heterosexual woman facing a similar fate.

5:30PM
Feature
Holiday Village Cinema II
BALLETS RUSSES
Directors: Dan Geller, Dayna Goldfine
(USA, 2005, 120 min., color & b/w, Sony HD Cam) BALLETS RUSSES brilliantly captures the glitz, glamour, and ultimate downfall of the modern dance troupe that galvanized ballet as an art form and collaborated with some of the most influential artists of the 20th century, including choreographers George Balanchine and Agnes De Mille, and artists Picasso and Cocteau.

5:30PM
Short
Prospector Square Theatre
BEING BAD (precedes 5th WORLD)
Director/Writer: Laurence Coriat
(UK/France, 2004, 10 min., color, 35mm) Bathed in the sun of Marseille, three teenagers—one a rent boy—form a ménage-a-trois in a poetic portrayal of the quest for love and family.

5:30PM
Feature
Racquet Club Theatre
PRETTY PERSUASION
Director: Marcos Siega
(USA, 2004, 105 min., color, 35mm) Set at an elite Beverly Hills high school, Kimberly (Evan Rachel Wood), a student with duplicitous charm and seductress of both men and women, proves just how easy it is to get what you want in this scathingly funny satire. Jane Krakowski plays a lesbian news reporter.

6:00PM
Feature
Eccles Theatre
REEFER MADNESS
Director: Andy Fickman
Screenwriters: Dan Studney, Kevin Murphy
Cast: Kristen Bell, Christian Campbell, Neve Campbell, Alan Cumming, Ana Gasteyer, Steven Weber

(USA, 2004, 108 min., color, Sony HD Cam) Adapted from his comically inspired stage musical, director Andy Fickman resurrects the infamous cautionary tale in a wild and wacky spoof of all things square. Topped off with show-stopping musical numbers and featuring a cameo by Jesus, never has a cautionary tale about the dangers of ganja been so fun.

6:00PM
Feature
Trolley Square Cinemas A, SLC
HEIGHTS
Director: Chris Terrio
Screenwriters: Amy Fox, Chris Terrio
Cast: Glenn Close, Jesse Bradford, James Marsden, Elizabeth Banks

(USA, 2004, 93 min., color, 35mm) In this sophisticated ensemble piece taking place over a 24-hour period in New York City, James Marsden and Jesse Bradford play two points of a complicated love triangle, while Glenn Close and Elizabeth Banks star as mother and daughter in the latest Ismail Merchant production.

7:00PM
Feature
Screening Room at Sundance Village
LACKWANNA BLUES*
Director: George C. Wolfe
Screenwriter: Ruben Santiago-Hudson, based on his play
Cast: S. Epatha Merkerson, Marcus Carl Franklin, Terrence Howard, Macy Gray, Camen Ejogo, Jeffrey Wright, Jimmy Smits

(USA, 2004, 94 min., color, 35mm) In George Wolfe’s screen adaptation of the Obie Award-winning play, an orphan boy raised in an eccentric boardinghouse finds his own life is changed by the life stories of the lost, but ultimately endearing, souls who are his neighbors.

8:30PM
Short
Library Center Theatre
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL (precedes HIGH SCHOOL RECORD)
Directors: Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn
(USA, 2004, 15 min., color, Sony HD Cam) Two loners, lost on their way to a rock concert in the desert, meet and connect over good old times.

8:30PM
Feature
Prospector Square Theatre
THE SALON
Director/Screenwriter: Mark Brown
Cast: Vivica A. Fox, Garrett Morris, Kym Whitley

(USA, 2004, 92 min., color, 35mm) The owner of an African American hair salon (Vivica A. Fox) finds romance as she struggles to keep her business afloat in this hilarious comedy that also deals with serious issues such as racism, homophobia, sex, and politics.

9:00PM
Feature
Trolley Square Cinemas A, SLC
HEIGHTS
Director: Chris Terrio
Screenwriters: Amy Fox, Chris Terrio
Cast: Glenn Close, Jesse Bradford, James Marsden, Elizabeth Banks

(USA, 2004, 93 min., color, 35mm) In this sophisticated ensemble piece taking place over a 24-hour period in New York City, James Marsden and Jesse Bradford play two points of a complicated love triangle, while Glenn Close and Elizabeth Banks star as mother and daughter in the latest Ismail Merchant production.

9:00PM
Feature
Murray Theatre
RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS*
Director: Carlene Cordova
Writers: Carlene Cordova, Cliff Broadway

(USA, 2004, 95 min., color, Sony HD Cam) Documentary explores the undying influence of J.R.R. Tolkien’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS on Western culture and uncovers “Ringers”—die-hard followers of Tolkien’s work and worlds—in all walks of life.

9:15PM
Short
Holiday Village Cinema III
BILLY’S DAD IS A FUDGE-PACKER (in Shorts Program VI)
Director/Screenwriter: Jamie Donahue
(USA, 2004, 10 min., b/w, Sony HD Cam) When it comes to fudge-packing is it like father, like son? That’s the question in little Billy’s mind in this parody of the 1950s mental hygiene film. Features Robert Gant.

9:15PM
Short
Holiday Village Cinema III
UN DIA EN LA VIDA (in Shorts Program VI)
Director: Marco Orsini
(USA, 2004, 9 min., 35mm) A 55-year-old woman who tends to her disabled husband and runs a struggling motel encounters a new challenge when her drug addict daughter leaves a young boy in her care.

10:00PM
Feature
Screening Room at Sundance Village
LACKWANNA BLUES*
Director: George C. Wolfe
Screenwriter: Ruben Santiago-Hudson, based on his play
Cast: S. Epatha Merkerson, Marcus Carl Franklin, Terrence Howard, Macy Gray, Camen Ejogo, Jeffrey Wright, Jimmy Smits

(USA, 2004, 94 min., color, 35mm) In George Wolfe’s screen adaptation of the Obie Award-winning play, an orphan boy raised in an eccentric boardinghouse finds his own life is changed by the life stories of the lost, but ultimately endearing, souls who are his neighbors.

12 Midnight
Short
Main Street Mall, 2nd floor
GAY BY DAWN
Director: Jonathan London
(USA, 2004, 10 min., color, VHS) Four rednecks telling ghost stories find their fears become suspicions. Will the woods around them turn them Gay By Dawn?

12 Midnight
Feature
Main Street Mall, 2nd floor
SHEM
Director: Caroline Roboh
(Israel/UK, 2004, 93 min., color, 35mm) A gay British teenager travels to Eastern Europe to uncover his now-deceased grandfather’s Jewish heritage.

* titles represent films with no queer-content; however, the filmmaker(s) identifies as LGBT

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